THERE was a shock in store for Commonwealth Games silver medallist John McGuinness at the Gerrards Cross Bowls Club finals day.
McGuinness (pictured) took on Neil Farnish in the Fred Collins Short Jack/ Long Jack trophy, which is played with just one shot scored on each end, and the winner is the first to 13.
The 47-year-old, who landed his medal for England in the men’s fours at Glasgow in August, held what seemed to be an unassailable 12-6 lead over Farnish, but was pegged back and lost 13-12.
Another tight finish came in the over-55 pairs, with Chas Stapleton and Nick Maris leading by two shots going into the last end.
However, Maureen and Ray Merry held two with the jack in the ditch and Ray’s last wood to come. With nerves of steel, he drew his wood in for the third shot to win.
Merry also completed his three-and-a-half year tenure as club president and fittingly won his own competition, the President’s Cup, with Tony Holden and Angela Davies.
Duncan Gauld emerged as club champion and will represent the club in next year’s Champion of Champions competition, while ladies’ champion once again is Mary Smith, who overcame Margaret Poole to retain her title.
But George Reid was the undoubted star of the weekend, winning the 100pts, the Salinger Cup and the Two Bowls trophies.